Overtime win for V-Reds over Panthers - 72-66

Overtime win for V-Reds over Panthers - 72-66

In AUS regular season play, the UNB Varsity Reds defeated the visiting UPEI Panthers in overtime 72-66.

The game got underway with a quick end-to-end pace as both teams built an even 7-7 score. UNB's Katelyn Mangold brought down four boards in the opening frame, allowing guard Awo Farrah to drive to the net producing a 12-8 lead. UPEI tied it up at 12-12, on two successful free throws by Jane McLaughlin.

The second quarter saw UNB fall behind after a three point play from PEI's Julie Hatcher making the score: 21-16. Tilly Ettinger fought back for the V-Reds with a three of her own, narrowing the deficit to 25-21. UPEI winning the battles under the net and Glendeira Smith capitalized and added a basket to add to the lead, 27-21. Ettinger added another jump shot at the end of the quarter to finish the half behind 29-25.  

In the third quarter UNB levelled the score quickly: 29-29 with back-to-back jump shots from Rachel Cleary. Colleen Daley helped push the Varsity Reds ahead, 32-29. PEI's Jones answered back with a long distance jump shot of her own to cut the UNB lead to 34-31. Fredericton native, Laura Kaye kept the Panthers at bay, with a long distance jump shot to maintain a 38-35 lead. The UPEI Panthers capitalized on some momentary foul trouble from UNB, to pull up to a close 42-39, at the end of the quarter.  

 The fourth quarter was a heated battle; both teams exchanged free throws and built up a 46-43 score. UNB fell behind on two consecutive three pointers from PEI's Darcy Zinck. Cleary answered back for UNB, adding to her game total 20 points to pull the lead back in UNB's direction 52-49. The lead swapped hands twice more, and with one minute remaining the Panthers were poised for victory, 60-58 until UNB's Chelsea Colette drained an essential jump shot with six seconds left to send the game to overtime, tied 60-60.

The overtime period got off with UPEI getting into some foul trouble which allowed UNB to pull ahead 64-62. The lead did not last long as the Panthers pulled ahead on free-throws of their own 66-65. It was not until the 57 second mark that UNB's Farrah broke the stand-off and sunk a huge basket, getting the V-Reds out front 68-66. UNB never let up and finished the match victorious 72-66.

 Coach Jeff Speedy was thrilled with his team's hard work towards the stretch, specifically the work of Farrah and Ettinger. "Those two kids work harder than anyone else I know. Coaches say stuff like that all the time, but for those two it's true."

The Varsity Reds are in action next on Friday November 22nd, against Acadia in on the road in Wolfville, tip off at 6:00pm.